FGCU Emergency Management Advisory

Sept. 27, 2022 | FGCU is canceling all classes and non-essential campus activities Thursday and Friday. FGCU leaders will evaluate methods for students to make up for lost instructional time, which will likely include the use of planned study dates as regular academic class. Please expect updates to the academic calendar once we return to normal operations. For storm updates, visit fgcu.edu/emergencymanagement.

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Watanabe, Ken (Ph.D.)

Professor
Department of Chemistry & Physics

WH 0261
 Gamma-ray Astrophysics
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Dr. Watanabe worked on several NASA space missions: Compton Gamma-ray Observatory (CGRO), Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE), Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST or Fermi),  and ESA’s International Gamma-ray Laboratory (INTEGRAL) while working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.  His expertise is High Energy Gamma-ray Astrophysics. After joining FGCU his research has expanded to High Energy Atmospheric phenomena such as Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) and Sprites, as well as optical Blazar monitoring using the SARA (the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy) telescopes. He has taught College Physics with Lab I & II (PHY 2053C & PHY 2054C), General Physics with Lab I & II (PHY 2048C & PHY 2049C), and Essentials of Astrophysics (AST 3211) at FGCU numerous times. 

Professional Organizasions

  • Collaborator at Astroparticle PhysicsLaboratory, Exploration of the Universe Division,    
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Full member of High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of American Astronomical Society (AAS)
  • Member of International Astronomical Union (IAU)
  • Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • COSPAR (Committee On SPAce Research) Associate